Festival of Libraries

 9 June - 13 June

In-person and Zoom events

Haworth and Wuthering Heights - a Talk by Ed Glinert

Wednesday 9 June 2pm on Zoom

Join tour guide, author and historian, Ed Glinert, on this virtual stroll around Haworth, West Yorkshire, to meet some of the most memorable figures in English literature – Heathcliff, Cathy, Edgar, the brutish Hareton, the insufferable Pharisee Joseph, the egotistical Lockwood, the residents of Gimmerton - and explore the real-life inspiration for the wild, windy moors of Emily Bronte’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights.

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Inspired by Libraries: Radzi Chinyanganya

Wednesday 9 June 4-5pm Online

Join former Blue Peter presenter, Radzi, for a fun-filled conversation about how books can make you feel great, recorded in Altrincham Library and available to watch online.

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Rummage: a history of the things we have reused, recycled and refused to let go with Dr Emily Cockayne

Thursday 10 June 1.30pm on Zoom

Rummage tells the overlooked story of our throwaway past. Emily Cockayne extracts glittering gems from the rubbish pile of centuries past and introduces us to the visionaries, crooks and everyday do-gooders who have shaped the material world we live in today – like the fancy ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn, or the Victorian gentlemen selling pianofortes made from papier-mache, or the hapless public servants coaxing people into giving up their railings for the greater good.

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Stephen Holland (UK Comics Laureate)

Altrincham Library, Friday 11 June 2021, 11am

Comics Laureate Stephen Holland introduces you to the misunderstood medium of comics: it's thousands of years older than you think, a great deal craftier, and you're already reading them - whether you know it or not! An adult entertainment medium in its own right, comics are also the perfect lure for young reluctant readers and those with dyslexia. Join Stephen for an interactive in-person event at Altrincham library. Suitable for 14+ age audience.

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Children’s Poet Matt Goodfellow

Urmston Library, Saturday 12 June 2021, 11am

Urmston Library welcomes Matt Goodfellow for a one of his unique performances. Poet Matt’s warm and witty performance style means that children will be engaged from start to finish! Matt will also talk about how he goes about writing his poetry and there will be an opportunity for the children to ask questions at the end of the performance.Suitable for children aged 7-11 years and their adults.

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Due to social distancing, places are very limited. Please book a place for each person in your group who will be attending. One adult can be accompanied by up to two children (max. 3 tickets per booking).
A free Wordfest/ Manchester Festival of Libraries event. 

Comic Illustration Workshop with Marc Jackson

Saturday 12 June 2pm on Zoom

Join cartoonist, Marc Jackson (The Beano, Aces Weekly, the Brooklyn Red Hook Star-Revue), for an hour of cartoon-art and conversation. Learn the basics of cartooning and comics and ask Marc anything, he can only say ‘next question’ but he won’t, as he loves drawing and talking in equal measure! Suitable for ages 16+.

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Distant Libraries: Michelle Collier with Young Identity

Urmston Library, Saturday 12 June 5–7pm

Join writers from Young Identity for an evening of stories, spoken word poetry and conversation inspired by our GM libraries. Over the last few weeks, writers from Manchester’s Young Identity have been working with Festival of Libraries artist in residence, Michelle Collier to look at libraries through the lens of magical realism and speculative fiction. Together, they’ve explored what libraries mean to each of us, and asked: what could the future hold? At this special Festival of Libraries event, Young Identity will share brand new works of poetry and fiction, conjuring personal memories and imagined visions of libraries. Join us!

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The Liberty to Read: A History of Libraries in Trafford

Online from 9th - 13th June

Trafford Local Studies Centre brings you a fantastic, brand new, virtual exhibition exploring the histories of the borough’s libraries. Access the exhibition here.

Trafford On Screen Photography Competition

Trafford is the star of the show as Trafford Local Studies Centre invites you to submit your photographs of locations in the borough that have appeared on film or television. How to enter

Childrens Activities

Make and colour your own Bookmarks -

Abstract bookmark

Backpack bookmark

Stationery bookmark

Libray colouring sheets -

LI is for library

Melvil Dewey

Book borrowing

Book report

Library books

Libraries Quiz

- in our multiple choice quiz see how many out of 11 you can get.

Libraries Wordsearch

- see how many hidden Trafford Libraries you can find in our libraries wordsearch